Proper Weight for a Greyhound

If I had a quarter for every time I am at a Meet and Greet and hear someone exclaim, “Look at those skinny dogs, you need to put some meat on them!” (or some variation thereof). The first time I saw a greyhound in person, I too was taken aback. Are their ribs really supposed to show like that?

It is important to remember that greyhounds are elite athletes, built to run, and run fast. Think about olympic sprinters, lots and lots of muscle, little fat. Starting to sound a bit like a greyhound!


It is a common misperception that a greyhound should put on 10-15 lbs in its retirement. If your greyhound looks like a lab, it is probably overweight. The sad reality is that ~52% of household pets in the US are obese, which leads to a multitude of health problems. A greyhound’s racing weight is often close to ideal (there is an exception to every rule of course!). To find out what your greyhound’s racing weight was, type their racing name into Greyhound Data.

If you have questions about your grey’s weight, the following article is an excellent resource, with pictures and detailed information: How To Know If Your Greyhound Is At The Proper Weight

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